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Universal Protocol, surgical timeouts, and EPs for 2009

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, October 1, 2008

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Q. Why is The Joint Commission now saying that, beginning in 2009, surgical timeouts should ideally be done before anesthesia is given? Does this mean we don’t position the patient for a timeout anymore? We certainly wouldn’t position the patient before he or she is put to sleep.This change has me a little perplexed.

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